Clubs, Classes, Results

Dabchick Nationals

by Malcolm Osborne George Lakes Yacht Club traditionally has a New Year Regatta around 1 January every year. This year, the club offered to host the Dabchick class National Championships in conjunction with its club regatta. This offer was accepted and all arrangements were in place. Then, subsequent to the imposition of Lockdown Level 3 late in December, it appeared that the regatta was in jeopardy. However, authority was obtained to proceed with the Dabchick Nationals, but the GLYC regatta ... Read More »

2020 Laser Class National Championships

by Alan Keen These were successfully hosted by Stilbaai Yacht Club on the Vaal Dam. With Youth Nationals in its current format cancelled for 2020, the Laser Class jumped at the opportunity to incorporate the Youth Laser National championships into the main event. Its always a big ask to have all 3 fleets make class. But with the enthusiasm of the Cape youth sailors, it did not seem to be a problem. A huge thank you to the Cape parents ... Read More »

Hunter Nationals 2019

By James King Flat water sailing at it’s trickiest best. That’s probably the best way to describe the 2019 Hunter National Championships at Witbank Yacht & Aquatic Club over the March long weekend. Wind speed light to 8 – 10 knots maximum. We had 16 boats this year, up 4 from last year. One boat from Cape Town, two boats from Midmar Dam and two from the Vaal Dam. There were eleven local entries. This regatta saw action both on ... Read More »

2019 Knysna Yacht Club Inter Club Regatta

by Malcolm Osborne There was good support from the Eastern Cape at the 2019 Knysna Yacht Club Interclub Regatta, with 11 out of 26 dinghies and 6 out 12 catamarans, but just two of 13 juniors. Two Dart 18s came all the way from East London. George Lakes YC also fielded many in the senior and junior dinghies. Three races were sailed in a light, patchy south westerly breeze on Saturday. With a high tide in the afternoon, currents weren’t ... Read More »

George Lakes Yacht Club New Year Regatta & GP14 National Championships

by Malcolm Osborne George Lakes Yacht Club hosted the GP14 class National Championships as part of its annual New Year Regatta at the end of December. The National Championships for the Fireball class was also scheduled, but insufficient boats of this type entered. The two that did still sailed in the club regatta. The GP14 class mustered ten boats, with entrants from Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well as the local fleet. There were eight boats in both the senior ... Read More »

Flying Dutchman Class History – circa 1965.

By Richard Crockett Now here is some serious history on this magnificent two-man spinnaker trapeze dinghy from an A5 ring bound booklet in the SAILING Publications archives. Read the pages selected from the booklet HERE:  Flying Dutchman booklet South Africa had a strong association with the class back then as in the list of Founders of the IFDCO (International Flying Dutchman Class Association) the names of two prominent South African sailors – Jack Koper and Dr. Ken Warr. Don Ord was ... Read More »

J22 Nationals. An Amazing Regatta

Well with an amazing Nationals behind us we look forward to some great Vaal sailing! The J22 Nationals, sailed from PYC as part of MSC, was a great success! As always our fleet of 19 Js out shone all other classes. The first day of racing was blown out, but going forward the wind and weather could not have been better, providing highly competitive racing with the top boats being within 1 point of each other, making it so tight ... Read More »

MSC Week About to Begin

by Richard Crockett Usually a very popular event on the sailing calendar, numbers are no longer anything like they used to be, although this year things are looking up as two classes used the regatta as either their national or provincial champs from 2 – 6 July. Plus, immediately after the MSC Week, the Lipton Challenge Cup will be sailed off Durban, and this has brought 17 teams to Durban who are using the MSC Regatta s a warm-up. Joining ... Read More »

RCYC Youth Regatta Wrap

by Marie Stinnes Youth Day was celebrated by local sailors of all backgrounds in Table Bay on Saturday and Sunday with 158 sailors taking part in the Youth Regatta, of which 112 were under the age of 28. The sailors who participated in this weekend’s Youth Regatta, hosted by the Royal Cape Yacht Club in partnership with the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) under the motto ‘Celebrating our youth, celebrating our future’, were faced with some challenging conditions both ... Read More »

Youth of Good Hope

Royal Cape Yacht Club to Celebrate Their Young Sailors this Weekend. The RCYC’s Youth Regatta is set to take place on Saturday and Sunday, 16 and 17 June, in partnership with the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI). Young sailors from around the Cape are geared up and ready to partake in the annual sailing event held in the waters of Table Bay. The Youth Regatta traditionally takes place on a weekend around the 16th of June to celebrate Youth ... Read More »

MSC Week incorporating J22 Nationals and L26 Provincials

Offshore of Durban: 2 – 6 July With the annual MSC Week almost upon us, crews are busy getting their boats in ship-shape for the five day regatta hosted by Point Yacht Club offshore of Durban from 2 – 6 July. Joining the MSC fleet are two of the biggest one class design classes in South African sailing. The J22s will be hosting their highly competitive nationals, together with the L26 Provincials. The L26s will be using this event as ... Read More »


The Notice of Race for Cape to Rio 2020 has been posted on the event website ( The Cape to Rio is an Ocean Race across the South Atlantic between Cape Town and Rio de Janeiro, linking two of the world’s most beautiful sea ports. The first edition of the race dates back to 1971, and many legends of international yachting have competed in the event. “The race connects the iconic, exotic and historic into an incredible cocktail of deep ... Read More »

Harbour Clean Up

As part of the World Ocean’s Day, Point Yacht Club hosted a harbour clean up last Saturday. Over 300 people flocked down to the marina-based yacht club, with teams cleaning the shore and others being ferried to the island by boat. 400 bags of litter were collected in just over two hours and included in the clean-up were two plastic yellow road barriers that were buried on the island. The event co-organised by PYC sailor, Neil Millar from Winds of ... Read More »

Cape to Rio Race 2020. Updated Notice of Race

An updated version of the Cape to Rio Race ‘Notice of Race’ has been published. The UPDATED Notice of Race is: version 1.2 issued on 5 June 2018. Starts time for the various divisions are of interest: 10 START TIME AND PLACE, COURSES, FINISH 10.1 The Start will be in Table Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. There will be two starts and courses: a) Start 1: Cape to Rio via St Helena Island •·Start Thursday 2nd January 2020 at 1400B ... Read More »

Free Classified Adverts

Like most yachties, you in all likelihood have a garage bursting with old sailing equipment – whether old boats, fittings, sails, spars, winches, rudders, centerboards, dollies or trailers. Our Free Classified adverts on the SAILING Mag Blog now provide you with an easy way to de-clutter and turn some of your old ‘stuff’ into cash with the SAILING Mag Blog FREE Classifieds so that you free up space in your garage. Adverts can now be submitted online HERE So if ... Read More »